An alternative model for measuring air quality began to be applied in the municipality of Girardota, consisting of a plant that captures polluting gases and returns clean air to the atmosphere, which constitutes a system similar to a water treatment plant.
This is a pilot developed by paisa creators that has two national patents and two from the United States and that is being applied for the first time in Colombia. The system is called Fiva and operates alternately with other low-cost sensors that measure air quality at various
points in the locality.
Its creators are Antioquia professionals who invested eight years of research until they obtained the patents that allowed them to bring their idea to market and now put it to work precisely in the locality that, in the records of Siata, always showed the worst pollution data.
According to Juan Carlos Monsalve, spokesperson for Ecolair (the company that developed the system), the benefits for the community are direct and are reflected in public health, since the air is treated on-site: “these are pollutants that will no longer reach the lungs, people breathe purer air, with a better quality level,” he said.